What are infrared heaters?

Infrared heat is similar to the heat we receive from sunlight.

Infrared is invisible to the naked eye, it is beyond the spectrum we can see and this invisible light gets absorbed by our skin, clothes and other items in proximity.

If you think of it as being similar to being in the shade and being in direct sunlight that is how it works.  So infrared rays will only heat objects in its path.

There are many different types of heater hence many different specifications and fuels can be electricity, natural gas, or propane.

Garage Heaters;

Are for places that are not very well insulated and will provide you with high blasts of warm air to cover larger areas.

how_panels_workBaseboard Heaters

  • Are great for bedrooms and hallways
  • They are low profile
  • Fairly easy and safe to install
  • A most popular choice for the home.

Design wise there are many options

  • For example you could look for one that is designed to look like a real fireplace
  • Using electricity makes them safer and cleaner than the real thing.

The advantages of infrared heaters

As most heaters work through convection, slowly building heat into the surrounding area, permeating the whole room.  Infrared heaters emit a precise beam of heat onto you, directly keeping you warm.

  • InfraredHeater_On.5173200They heat up instantly and (great if you have to sit at a desk burning the midnight oil or just sitting in front of a TV or computer as a form of relaxation)
  • They work silently without the use of any fan blowing away and creating noise, great if you have to work online in conference calls with your employer or clients
  • Also great for your bedroom where you want minimal noise and perhaps a quick cool down once you get between the sheets.
  • Hot coils are wrapped over the heat source reflecting the metal extending out for several yards, thus creating a gentle and comfortable heat source
  • They are considered to be healthier than other forms of heating as they do not reduce humidity or oxygen in the room.
  • This makes them a good choice for sinus sufferers and skin allergy problems
  • Infrared do not take anything from the atmosphere nor do they add anything, making them more suitable for sensitive souls.
  • Infrared heat aids blood circulation, yet there is no UVA or UVB radiation, causing aging and burning.

Cost Effectiveness

If you spend a lot of time in a certain area of a large room, you can make savings by just heating that area rather than using central heating for areas that do not need heat. As they emit nearly 100 % of the heat from as little as 300 watts of electricity you can get superb value, and instant heat. You can work or play without the need for wooly hats and mittens.

Maintenance

With no motor, no moving parts, no filters or lubricant there is little in the way of routine maintenance.  The reflectors may need dusting occasionally

Stylish

  • If you wish your heater to be ascetic in design then you can probably find one that suits your style.
  • Little wooden cabinet heaters look cute,
  • Some look more like lava lamps and will look more functional.
  • They are also portable and convenient.

The disadvantages

  • infrared_heaterAs the coils can get very hot they can be dangerous when you have pets and/or children.
  • It is imperative if you have an older style heater to keep it away from your pooch or your little ones.
  • Now they are designed with your family’s safety in mind so are more likely to be encased and cool to touch. Perhaps you need to upgrade if you find you like this source of heat.
  • Some do have (ceiling) fans to help disperse the heat and now new models have automated shut off and emergency tip-over switch, all making them much safer than in the past.
  • You will get a nice warm glow from your heater, make it a feature of the room rather than an eyesore

Limitations

As the radiant heat goes in one direction only, directly heating an area they are not going to be any good for a large family room.  For heating a larger zone they may not be quite enough.

Overall

If you are considering this type of heating for one room or the whole house there is a solution for you.

Check out this article for a wide range of portable infrared heater reviews for a futuristic home with no cold spots!